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Common Toddler Breastfeeding Problems

So you’re nursing a toddler, huh? I bet you didn’t even plan to do that! So many of us just find ourselves doing it. And when we find ourselves here we find there are whole host of new obstacles to overcome. Breastfeeding a toddler or small child is nothing like breastfeeding a newborn. I have found breastfeeding to be a great parenting… Continue Reading >




Toxins in your breastmilk? Keep calm, nurse on.

Have you seen headlines like this one recently? "Breastfeeding 'could be passing on toxic chemicals to babies.'" It's enough to make any nursing mom pause. What those articles rarely tell however, is the whole story about environmental pollutants and breastmilk. We'd like to set the record straight with the following facts.* And the… Continue Reading >




It’s never too late to get breastfeeding help

Most moms know (at least we hope they do!) how important it is to get help with breastfeeding in the early days of nursing a new baby. Getting started with breastfeeding, especially the first time around, is often a challenge. A lactation consultant, a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor, or a La Leche League or Breastfeeding USA counselor… Continue Reading >




Painful procedure for your baby? Breastfeeding to the rescue!

Painful procedures – from newborn heel sticks to vaccines – are an unfortunate, but common experience for babies. Fortunately, nursing moms have a secret weapon against pain: breastfeeding.As a recent comprehensive analysis of ten studies concluded, breastfeeding reduces pain in babies during vaccinations. The review found that babies… Continue Reading >




Need to take a trip without your breastfeeding baby?

There are times, both for working and stay-at-home moms, when we have to travel without our babies. Maybe it's a sudden and unexpected event, like a family member's medical emergency, which calls you out of town. Or maybe it's a planned work event, like an important conference, where you can't have a baby in tow. Or maybe it's the dreaded… Continue Reading >




Your breasts eat themselves, and seven other amazing findings in recent breastfeeding research

We've been noticing some pretty amazing research findings about breastfeeding recently. Here are eight of our favorite, eye-opening discoveries that took place in 2016:Your breasts start to "eat themselves" after weaning:"When a woman stops breastfeeding, her breasts go from being full-time, milk-producing factories to regular… Continue Reading >




Nurtured and Nuzzled: A new children’s book on nursing

A few years ago, we shared our list of children's books on breastfeeding. At the time, we noted that for many years there were few children’s books that portrayed breastfeeding but happily, that number has recently grown.Today we are pleased to share a new addition to that list: Nurtured and Nuzzled.  It's a rhyming bilingual… Continue Reading >




Is pumping causing you pain?

Pumping should not hurt. And since few of us would say we enjoy logging hours with our pumps, painful pumping can feel like adding injury to insult.Unfortunately, discomfort while pumping is fairly common. Recent research found that about 27% of mothers found pumping uncomfortable, and an additional 15% experienced a pump-related… Continue Reading >




Bringing your preterm baby home – tips for making breastfeeding or pumping work

After a tough and stressful start, your preterm baby is "graduating" from the hospital and you can finally bring her home. Now what?Breastfeeding and breastmilk are even more important for preterm infants than full term infants, yet many mothers leave the hospital poorly prepared to face the challenges of breastfeeding or pumping for… Continue Reading >




Dip in milk supply? Try a babymoon.

Even when nursing is going well and you've settled into a good routine, things can happen that cause your supply to dip. Things like going back to work, your period returning, or coming down with a case of mastitis. All of these circumstances (among others) can cause your supply to suddenly decline.There is a simple, low-tech fix for… Continue Reading >




Can you have a mammogram or biopsy while breastfeeding?

Have you ever been referred for a mammogram or breast biopsy while nursing? If you have, you may have been told that those procedures aren't possible during breastfeeding, and that you'll have to wean first. This is truly unfortunate, because both procedures can be done while breastfeeding – as can an MRI, and even breast surgery.It… Continue Reading >




Five reasons to try tandem breastfeeding

Photo credit to Maggie Cuprisin Photography       If you are a breastfeeder and planning to have more children, you have probably wondered how getting pregnant will affect your current breastfeeding relationship. There are mountains of misinformation being spread about breastfeeding while pregnant and tandem nursing. The reality is that… Continue Reading >